THE KOREAN HAS STOPPED THREE UFC VETERANS BEFORE SECURING A FOURTH WIN IN JAPAN LAST WEEK.
Soo Chul Kim has been on the Asian MMA scene for a while but he has been on a serious tear of late, stopping each of his last four opponents. At Road FC 25 later this month the 23 year old will be handed another tough test against former Pancrase and Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro.
Kim (11-5) made his professional debut back in 2010 but incredibly this will be the sixth time he has been matched with a BJJ black belt. He was the inaugural ONE Championship 135 lbs champion but a unanimous decision defeat to Bibiano Fernandes in 2013 cost him the belt.
The Korean has bounced back in some style, stopping three UFC veterans in a row before securing a fourth straight first round finish at the expense of Taiyo Nakahara last weekend at Road FC 24 in Tokyo.
His reward for those impressive recent performances is a shot at Sandro (25-6-1), a seasoned Brazilian veteran who has fought for Bellator, Shooto, Pancrase and Sengoku winning belts with both of the latter organizations.
Road FC 25 is set for the Chiak Stadium in Wonju on 22 August and will be headlined by a fight between two of the organisation’s current champions. Featherweight belt holder Choi Mu-Gyeom will face bantamweight titlist Lee Yun-Jun in a match that will take place in the 145 lbs division.
The card will also feature a bantamweight matchup between Shooto veteran Yuta Nezu and Hyun Gueng Park. Meanwhile Chinese welterweight Xin Dong, who featured on TUF: ‘China’ but had to pull out with a broken thumb, faces Nae Chul Kim.